Fudgy dark chocolate cake

Fudgy dark chocolate cake

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(59 ratings)

Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Cuts into 10 slices
Fudgy dark chocolate sponge, the perfect party cake, afternoon-tea cake or any-excuse cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal548
  • fat40g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

    For the cake

    • 200g caster sugar
    • 200g softened butter
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    • 4 egg, beaten
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    • 200g self-raising flour - swap 2 tbsp of the flour for 2 tbsp sifted cocoa powder (we used Green & Black's)
    • 1 tsp baking powder
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    • 2 tbsp milk

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    For the fudge frosting

    • 200ml double cream
    • 50g butter
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    • 3 tbsp clear honey
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    • 200g dark chocolate (use 70% cocoa solids if you can), broken into pieces
    • top with shaved or grated chocolate

    Method

    1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.

    2. Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

    3. For the fudge frosting, heat the cream until it just begins to boil. Take off the heat and add butter, honey and chocolate (broken into pieces).

    4. Leave to melt for 5 mins, then stir briefly to combine - don't over-mix or it will lose its shine. Sandwich the cakes with a third of the just-warm frosting and spread the rest over the top and sides. Top with shaved or grated chocolate, if you like.

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    cazandjay
    22nd Feb, 2015
    They are all on this website, type "cake " in the search box and then just look for the picture of all the cakes, I know one of them is a banana cake and another one is a coffee and walnut cake. Good luck!!!!! Xx
    emmanooka
    21st Oct, 2012
    5.05
    Really easy recipe, I also used 3 tbsp cocoa, not all that chocolatey really but turned out really well, doubled the recipe and carved it up to make a shaped birthday cake and it was perfect for the task. Tasty and easy :-)
    annainge
    20th Oct, 2012
    5.05
    I made two cakes one for a colleague at work and the other for the rest of us at work to share, everyone loved it, i put orange butter cream as a filling , and missed the honey out of the topping and it turned out perfect, have just made another with grated orange peel ,and put 2 tablespoons of orange and 2 tablespoons of milk in the cake mix and orange chocolate in the topping, with orange butter cram filling...fab
    mmepenguin
    3rd Oct, 2012
    5.05
    Lovely light, fluffy sponge. Really liked this cake and the frosting was good too though I would agree that it's not that fudgy. Would definitely make this again.
    lawm01
    22nd Sep, 2012
    5.05
    So easy, and so delicious. I filled mine with black cherry conserve which went down a treat.
    kimbartle
    2nd Sep, 2012
    Lovely cake, put in extra cocoa as Im trying to get a really dark sponge, My husband loved it. Baked it all in one tin & cooked for an extra 15mins on a slightly reduced temp for the remaining time.
    dangermouse73
    29th Jul, 2012
    4.05
    This cake was a hit, I decorated it with smarties as it was a birthday cake. My 5 year old nephew said that it was more good than the best cake ever. The sponge turned out really nicely.
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    littlemefi
    31st Mar, 2012
    4.05
    Lovely cake, I've made this on a couple of occasions and it's always gone down well. Both times however I found the icing really runny and made the cake look messy. The second time I did leave the icing in the fridge for an hour and was still not set enough; when left in fridge overnight it did eventually set and was delicious.
    kaybadland
    14th Feb, 2012
    Cake was really easy to make and tasted lovely, fudge frosting was really runny, would change that next time.
    curryhelen
    3rd Feb, 2012
    4.05
    Made this with my two year old & despite the fact that I had to guesstimate the amount of flour as she poured some in herself(!) it came out fab. We made one big cake, covered it loosely with foil in the oven, and just tested until a skewer came out clean. Didn't do the fudge frosting though, we decorated it with a soft cheese and melted chocolate frosting and white chocolate drops & sprinkles, and I thought the acidity of the cream cheese frosting worked really well. Lovely & moist. My little one said it was 'delicious'.

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